An Update on Our Letter to the President!

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Justice Campaigns February 25, 2012

Annick Febrey, IJM's Legislative Affairs Manager, and I had the honor of meeting with Samantha Power, Special Assistant to President Obama on Human Rights and Multilateral Affairs and her deputy, Rob Berschinski, on Wednesday, February 22.  We proudly presented a letter with more than 29,000 signatures, asking the President to take the lead in ending modern-day slavery at home and abroad. We were joined by Julie Fernandez, Director of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST).

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Thank you for sending a strong message!

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Justice Campaigns February 9, 2012

We’ve hit our goal of 27,000 signatures – but YOUR name can still stand for freedom. Let’s make an unforgettable statement by blowing this goal out of the water! We’ll continue adding voices calling for an end to slavery all the way up to our meeting with the Obama Administration.

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News From Washington - February

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Justice Campaigns February 6, 2012

We had the most awesome experience here at IJM headquarters last week.  On the morning before President Obama delivered his State of the Union address, IJM sent out an email to our friends and supporters around the U.S., inviting them to sign a letter to President Obama, urging him to exert real leadership to end modern day slavery at home and abroad.  

Within a few hours (before the President had even given his address that evening!), several thousand people had signed the letter. At the time of this writing, we have over 24,000 names and more come in every hour.  Read More

Get the Word Out About Our Letter to the President!

by Kate Case / Topic: Justice Campaigns February 5, 2012

On January 24, we asked you to let your name stand for freedom by petitioning President Obama to make ending slavery a priority. You may have already signed your name—so how can you help keep this momentum going? Here are a few quick tips for getting the word out about this action:

Email your friends!

If you missed the forward-to-a-friend feature after you signed the letter (or have more friends you want to send this opportunity to!), shoot them a quick email. You can use this sample message to get the word out:

Hello Friends,

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Anti-trafficking Legislation Passed in New Jersey!

by Erica Boonstra / Topic: Justice Campaigns February 1, 2012

On January 17, the state legislature in New Jersey passed a crucial piece of legislation that will aid victims of human trafficking in New Jersey. This bill—called a “safe harbor” law—is an important step forward in the fight against slavery right here in our own country.

Safe harbor legislation protects minor victims of sex trafficking from being prosecuted for prostitution. This important legislation ensures that victims of trafficking are treated not as criminals, but as survivors of a crime. New Jersey is only the 10th state to pass this type of law.

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Will your name stand for freedom?

by Eileen Campbell / Topic: Justice Campaigns January 23, 2012

Tonight, President Obama delivers his 2012 State of the Union address to our nation. As the President communicates his priorities for the coming year, will you join us in asking him to add one more?

IJM is calling on 27,000 Americans to urge President Obama to help end slavery once and for all.

Experts estimate that there are 27 million children, women and men held in slavery today. Sign a letter to the President and let your signature stand for an estimated 1000 people who need freedom right now.

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News From Washington - A Year in Review

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: Justice Campaigns January 9, 2012

Happy New Year, dear friends! I had a lovely break over Christmas but am glad to be back at my desk. We have so much good work to look forward to in 2012, but before we do, I wanted to take a look back at 2011. It was an extraordinary year for IJM, filled with more blessings than I can count. But here are a few highlights that I'm especially thankful for:

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Google.org joins the fight against slavery -- what that means for Justice Campaigns!

by Eileen Campbell / Topic: Justice Campaigns January 4, 2012

 Last month, IJM was thrilled to announce its partnership with Polaris Project and Slavery Footprint on a unified initiative to mobilize millions of Americans in the fight to end modern-day slavery. Google.org is generously funding this U.S.-based partnership, as well as two other multi-year initiatives to combat slavery in India. (Check out the coverage on CNN!)

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Thank you for sharing hope with Joseph!

by Eileen Campbell / Topic: Justice Campaigns December 15, 2011

Earlier this fall, we invited you to write letters of support to our client, Joseph, an innocent man who has been incarcerated and has awaited trial in Nairobi, Kenya, since December 2010. The inhumanity of waiting day after day in jail for a crime you never committed communicates a message to men like Joseph every day: that they are worthless and forgotten.

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Your Voice Matters: Meet Marta Sears

by Marta Sears / Topic: Justice Campaigns December 12, 2011

When Marta Sears' young daughter came to her with a big dream of raising funds for the poor, she writes, “ I started panicking. I didn't want to squelch my daughter's compassionate heart and willingness to dream big, but I didn’t want to drain our savings account either.  And I couldn’t see a lemonade stand bringing in $2,000.  As I shared the dilemma with my husband, we remembered something that IJM president Gary Haugen said when he was telling the story of the feeding of the five thousand. He pointed out that, in the midst of an overwhelming need, Jesus didn’t ask the disciples or the little boy to do the miracle. He simply asked them to give him what they had, which in this case was the boy’s lunch of five loaves and two fish.

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